Official Course
Description: MCCCD Approval: 12142004 

MAT141 2005 Fall – 2010 Fall 
LEC
4.0 Credit(s) 4.0 Period(s) 4.0 Load Acad 

College
Mathematics 

Working knowledge of collegelevel mathematics and its
applications to reallife problems. Emphasis on understanding mathematical
concepts and their applications. Topics include set theory, probability,
statistics, finance, and geometry. Prerequisites: Grade of "C" or
better in MAT120, or MAT121, or MAT122 or equivalent, or satisfactory score
on District placement exam. 

Course
Notes: Appropriate
for the student whose major does not require college algebra or precalculus. 

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MAT141 2005
Fall – 2010 Fall 
College Mathematics 
1.

Distinguish between a subset and a proper subset. (I) 
2.

Use Venn diagrams to solve applied problems involving the union,
intersection, and complement of sets. (I) 
3.

Distinguish between experimental and theoretical
probability, and use each to solve applied problems. (II) 
4.

Use conditional probability to solve applied problems involving
dependent events. (II) 
5.

Use probabilities to calculate odds, either in favor of or
against a particular event, and vice versa. (II) 
6.

Solve probability problems involving combinations and
permutations. (II) 
7.

Organize, analyze, and display data using multiple
representations. (III) 
8.

Calculate and interpret measures of central tendency and
dispersion. (III) 
9.

Calculate and interpret measures of location (percentiles
and quartiles). (III) 
10.

Solve applications using the normal distribution. (III) 
11.

Solve applications involving loans and amortizations. (IV) 
12.

Solve applications involving annuities. (IV) 
13.

Calculate the annual interest rate given the annual yield and
vice versa. (IV) 
14.

Solve reallife problems using exponential growth. (IV) 
15. 
Use appropriate formulas and units of measure for
composite geometric shapes and figures from real life problems. (V) 
16.

Apply unit analysis skills to solve applied problems. (V) 
17.

Use dimensional analysis to convert units of measurement
between different systems. (V) 
18.

Use written and verbal communication to describe process
and results. (IVI) 
19.

Model and solve realworld problems. (IVI) 
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MAT141 2005
Fall – 2010 Fall 
College Mathematics 
I. Set Theory A. Venn diagrams B. Set operations II. Probability A
Experimental vs. theoretical probability B. Conditional C. Odds D. Permutations and
combinations III. Statistics A. Descriptive B. Normal distribution C. Percentiles and
quartiles IV. Finance A. Annuities B. Simple vs. compound
interest C. Exponential growth D. Loans E. Rates vs. Yield V. Geometry A. Perimeter/area/volume B. Unit conversions VI. Additional Topics  Departments
may include one or more of the following topics in the course. A. Logic B. Numeration systems C. Inferential statistics D. Voting theory E. Math of music F. Index numbers G. Graph theory H. Geometry topics 1. Symmetry 2. Tessellations 3. Fractals 
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